Hopeful for the holidays. Lamar Odom’s condition has been improving over the past few weeks, a source confirms to Us Weekly, explaining that the progress is happening “little by little.”
“He gets better a little bit every day,” the source says. “He took a few steps without the walker. It’s very slow and he’s supposed to go to the rehab any day now.”
The 36-year-old former NBA star was hospitalized back in October after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. Toxicology results later showed that the athlete had traces of cocaine and sexual performance-enhancing drugs in his system, which led to his hospitalization.
Odom’s estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, has been a frequent presence throughout Odom’s recovery period, and has given several updates on his status over the past few months.
In November, she revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that Odom was unaware of what had caused his brain injury.
“We tell him that he had a brain injury, but we can’t tell him how that brain injury was caused, because that will set him back,” she explained on DeGeneres’ talk show. “He never asks why he’s here. He doesn’t ask. He’s really confused a lot — sometimes he knows who the president is and his birthday, and sometimes he thinks he’s 26, and I say, ‘I bet you wish you were 26, so do I!’”
Later that month, she told the Today show that doctors initially warned her Odom only had a few hours to live.
“They told me that he had four hours,” Kardashian, 31, told Today’s Natalie Morales. “It’s a horrible call to get. Getting to the hospital and knowing he’s in a coma and having to run these tests or make medical decisions — it’s terrifying.”
Kardashian and Odom split in 2013 after four years of marriage, but their divorce has not been legally finalized, so the reality star is still listed as his health care proxy.
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